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The delegation to Singapore has presented ACT businesses and researchers with opportunities to form meaningful future partnerships, to create economic opportunities for Canberrans, and to build a resilient and zero emissions energy future together. Thank you to all those involved in making this energy delegation to Singapore a successful one.

I present the following paper:

ACT Energy Delegation to Singapore—Ministerial statement, 1 December 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Climate change—minister’s annual report

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (10.48): I am pleased to table the 2021-22 Minister’s Annual Report under section 15 of the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010. As required by that legislation, the report sets out the following three things. Firstly, the actions taken in 2021‐22 by the responsible minister under the act; secondly, the effectiveness of government actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and finally, a cost‐benefit analysis of government policies and programs implemented to meet the climate change targets in the act.

The ACT is a leader on climate change action. We are recognised nationally and internationally for our climate leadership, and 2021‐22 was yet another good year in our climate leadership journey. For the third year in a row the ACT was powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity, supplied by 11 large feed‐in tariff-supported projects. We will continue to maintain our 100 per cent renewable electricity supply into the future.

As the next steps, the ACT is preparing to electrify our city and transition away from the use of fossil fuel gas by 2045. We are doing this because an all‐electric Canberra will allow us to power our city, homes, businesses and transport more efficiently and with zero emissions. Our biggest challenge at this point is to reduce emissions from transport and gas, which together account for around 80 per cent of the ACT’s emissions.

In 2021‐22 we made significant progress in a range of areas, and I would like to briefly mention a few key achievements that show the diversity of our climate response measures. The annual report covers the 2021‐22 financial year and we have made further progress on many measures since, which, while not included in the report, I will include here for greater context.

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